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 Two students engage in a fight while a third student records. For some students, pulling out their phone to record would be their first instinct if a fight went down. However a majority of students would do the good and try to avoid it. A survey of West students found that 50 percent of students would evade a fight if it were to break out near them.

School fights: Alarming or not?

Alec Shipley, Reporter April 26, 2021

Fights and other forms of violence are an unfortunate reality in high schools. Students attempt to settle their problems, usually hurting others and even themselves. You hear about them for a couple days...

A poster promoting P3 Campus hangs on a bulletin board in one of several spots around the building. “I had some students and teacher assistants hang some posters up around the building, but I don’t see many out there anymore,” Driscoll said.

P3 Campus: Is it effective?

Alec Shipley, Reporter February 16, 2021

Bullying and harassment is a constant cause of concern in schools. You feel helpless, as if there is nowhere to go. Teachers and other staff have always told you to ask for help, but you don’t feel comfortable...

Security professional Shay Serrano talks to two students at West about their daily conflicts with some of the teachers. Serrano allows students to come to her whenever they need advice with anything or if they just want to talk about their day.

Importance of security

Cierra White, Reporter February 13, 2020

Fights, arguments, disagreements, and other conflicts occur at schools, so administration and school staff hold a lot of responsibility to help keep staff and students safe. Security professionals Chris...

Students walk through the hallways to their second block class after lunch. Hallways are seemingly cramped with students trying to get back to class after having 25 minutes out of the classroom for lunch.

Picking up the pace

Reagan Hoffman, reporter October 15, 2019

When it comes to attendance at West, staff and administration ensures students get to their classes on time. It is now harder for students to skip with policies such as lock outs and sweeps that were instilled...

Junior Caleb Stevens poses with the new Student Handbook in the newly renovated halls of West’s second floor.

New school year, updated policies

Laurence Walker , print editor September 10, 2019

The 2019-2020 school year will be another year of change. This will be Principal Cory Williams’ second year at West and there is an entirely new superintendent. Last year, the new administration introduced...

Administrators emplace a hall sweep that  helps with kids in the halls skipping class. The halls sweeps are random and catch students, putting them in one of five rooms then further consequences will be decided.

Sweeping attendance issues out the door

Sophia Iniguez, Reporter April 25, 2019

The administrators at West have launched a new effort to help keep students in their classrooms and out of the halls. This method is called the lockout system. The lockout system was used this year to...

West is required by law to have four fire drills, four tornado drills, and two A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Encounter, Evacuate) drills per year.

Crisis drills in the Davenport Community School District

Cameron Wilson, Reporter March 20, 2019

Safety drills are important to practice in order to be prepared for a dangerous event. West is required by law to have four fire drills, four tornado drills, and two A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform,...

“I lifted for two years,” technology teacher Jason Franzenburg said. “[Bruce] is on a different level.”

Powerlifting record setter

Thomas Yates, Reporter March 5, 2019

Squatting down over the barbell, sophomore Carter Bruce tightly grips his hands around the cold metal. His fingers tighten around the grate-skinned grip of the bar as he stands, his entire body shaking...

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District special education approach being revisited

Timothy O'Leary, Reporter January 15, 2019

The Davenport School District has recently been under scrutiny by the state due to failures in the current special education programs provided. The district has received several audits across 2018, multiple...

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GEAR UP Iowa prepares Falcons for the future

Joseph Potts, Reporter October 24, 2018

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness Undergraduate Programs, also known as GEAR UP, is a grant awarded to the Iowa College Student Aid Commission that began in the fall of 2014. The grant was about $22...

Williams decorated her door with a poster and a Packers flag to show her personality.

West High way

Naomi Walker, Co-Media Editor & Business Manager August 28, 2018

Falcons begin the 2018-2019 school year with an almost all new administration headed by new Principal Cory Williams.   New Falcon faces Imagine sitting at home recovering from surgery and...

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